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August 15, 2020, by Jayda

Coming to University through Clearing

If you’re thinking about coming to university through clearing, read on to learn about my experience of applying to Nottingham through clearing, and how that impacted my preparation for starting university.

Research the University

It’s important to make sure that the university and location is somewhere you can see yourself living for the next three years. The clearing process can be quite hectic. Often you’re just trying to secure a place on a good course. But it’s vital that you to take the time to consider whether the university is the right place for you.

I found the best way to find out more about university of Nottingham was to talk to current students through various group chats. Also, visiting the campus and talking to lectures and students. If you haven’t had the chance to visit campus then the website, social media channels, and student blogs are a great resource to get an idea about student life at University of Nottingham.

Student Accommodation

Once I had chosen to come to University of Nottingham, the next thing was to figure out where I was going to live. Coming to university through clearing meant that much of the accommodation was already allocated. Luckily, I was placed in St Peter’s court which was a great place to live.

However, while accommodation options might be slimmer, don’t let that put you off from applying – just be ready to adjust your housing requirements. Yes, where you live is important, you might hate the idea of sharing a bathroom or sleeping on a single bed, but your student accommodation is largely what you make of it. Plus, in the long run, it’s more important that you’re at the right University and doing the course you want, than living in your dream first year housing.

Making friends before Freshers

The idea of meeting hundreds of new people during freshers was a little daunting so I wanted to at least know a couple of people beforehand. The easiest way to do this was to join group chats. St Peter’s court provided us with a chatroom where we could talk to the people in our flat which was a great way to get to know each other and alleviate some nerves before September.

Joining Facebook groups is another great way to find people on your course or in your accommodation if you want to make a few friends before you come to Nottingham.

Finally…. Coming to university through clearing, in my experience, is just the same as getting in on results day. Though it may have took you a little longer to figure out where you were going and might not have been your first choice, when freshers week arrives, everyone is in the same boat.

 Hopefully, you will enjoy University of Nottingham as much as I did. Good Luck!!


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